Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Total acidity: 5.88‰
Vineyards location: Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 21 - 34 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 6.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked September 18th (Merlot), October 1st (Sangiovese)
Vinification: 26 - 28° C, in stainless steeel tanks
Period of maceration: 14 (Merlot), 18 (Sangiovese) days
Ageing: 18 months in french oak barrels (70% new): Barriques (Merlot), Tonneaux (Sangiovese)
Finissage: 4 months in concrete tanks
Bottling: June 2021
Available on the market: October 2021
Production: 35000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt - 18 lt
Cases: 6 bottles wooden box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)
First vintage: 1992
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Monumentally built, crispy notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, with a very long, bright finish
Food pairing: Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses
The 2019 harvest recalled the great vintages of the 1980s. This was a 'classic' year, with nature and nurture coming together to create something truly exceptional. Winter temperatures were below average and rainfall was low, with unusually warm weather at the end of February. However, stormy squalls through spring and late into summer replenished the water table and made up for the lack of winter rainfall. They also slowed down plant development in the early stages.
The summer was consistently hot, but without extreme temperatures or excessive rainfall. September continued fine, with a significant range in diurnal temperatures.
No pathogens compromised the excellent health of the grapes. Bud fruitfulness was within the norm and the good condition of the foliage showed just how well balanced the plants were in this extremely fine year.
By harvest time the grapes were perfect, thanks to the prevailing climatic conditions and the leaf removal which was carried out in early September. Both these factors contributed to optimal ripening of all grapes across our various production zones.
Beginning of the harvest: September 4th
End of the harvest: October 17th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 590 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3580 °C